Librarians Fired For Denying LXG To 11/y/o Girl

Story here

[Link contains small NSFW image]

I must admit, I'm of mixed emotions on this. Yes, I understand the censorship arguments, and I'd totally support firing these librarians if they'd tried to keep this book away from an adult. But, there is such a thing as material being age-appropriate, and in all honesty, there is a more than reasonable case to be made for the idea that this graphic novel is adult material that really isn't suitable for children. It's not unreasonable for adults to decide to keep certain material away from children until they're grown up enough to handle it. All in all, it's probably the library's fault for not having a set policy on this. Either way, in this case, firing them really goes too far.

But what do you all think?

8 years ago
GTPodcast
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It isn't the place of the librarians to be deciding what is or isn't appropriate for these kids, despite the content inside. There really isn't a policy in place in most libraries to keep material away from children and young kids, but these women clearly knew this and went out of their way to do such.

These women: 1) knew what they were doing 2) did nothing formal to change the system 3) were going against their job description of helping and enlightening others by making resources available

I would caution you to not make this into a free speech argument, because it really doesn't apply on a few levels, unless you yourself make the case otherwise. The government isn't censoring anything here, which is why Freedom of Speech would be so important.

8 years ago
GooieGreen
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I agree with GooieGreen on this one. Even though the images in the graphic novel might be considered controversial to them, these two librarians deliberately violated the fifth section of the Library Bill of Rights:

"V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views."

In my opinion, the only people who should be censoring what kids read are their parents/guardians.

8 years ago
rollingstar5
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In light of my previous post on political grandstanding surrounding nudity in a Dragonball manga, I'd say this is just proof that politicians are not interested in a consistent approach regarding manga. They just want to drum up support for themselves and will use whichever angle finds traction.

8 years ago
moritheil
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